Brockman Cup Exit for seconds after hard fought match

Brockman Cup

Dartington & Totnes 67 all out Stoke Gabriel 69 for 6

Stoke won by 4 wickets.

Hoping for another giant-killing performance against opposition two divisions higher,  Dartington & Totnes made Stoke fight all the way in a match which was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Batting first D&T got off to a disastrous start.  Nikheel Jina, batting hero of the previous Cup round, was guilty of backing up too enthusiastically and was run out in the first over.  Mike Jarvis soon followed, bowled by a delivery from Hill, which kept low.  When Hill bowled Liam Bligh in his next over D&T were 7 for 3.  Gavin Colegate and Ed Mitchell rallied, with Mitchell striking the ball particularly sweetly. The low bounce continued to cause the batsmen difficulty and Mitchell was bowled by a short delivery from J Tolley for 18.

Tolley (4 for 15) bowled Josh Thomas, Gavin Colegate departed for 15, followed almost immediately by brother Jono and D&T were 44 for 7.

Only Chris Life put up any resistance, with 20 against his old club.  D&T were all out for 67 with 2 overs remaining.  Six D&T batsmen had failed to trouble the scorers.

Stoke had 24 runs on the board before Mick Rusling (3 for 9) struck three times in a devastating over. First Gavin Colegate caught Higgins (8) at mid-off after a spot of juggling. Tolley was well caught at point by Dave Griffiths and Rusling trapped Nick Sandbrook lbw with his next delivery.  Griffiths came into the attack and after bowling two maidens, he bowled G Baker for 8 in his third over and opener Collings15)- reducing Stoke to 41 for 5. Griffiths (3 for 13) bowled D Ainsley for 3 in his final over and Stoke were still 16 runs short.

Rob Baker with 18 not out steered Stoke home, but not without several scares along the way.

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